Workers in the Greater Brisbane area have been asked to stay at home where possible as the city enters what is hoped will be the final day of the snap lockdown announced on Friday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to provide an update on how the lockdown is progressing at 9am.

She thanked Queenslanders for largely complying with the strict measures including the mandatory use of masks in public.

“This has been a really great response from people in the Greater Brisbane community and we need to keep it up, so Monday 6pm is the day and we’ll be updating you again tomorrow morning at nine o’clock to see how our cases have gone overnight,” she said on Sunday.

Queensland has been on high alert after a cleaner at one of Brisbane’s quarantine hotels was initially diagnosed with the UK virus strain.

The highly contagious variant has potentially been active in the community since January 2 but no further locally acquired cases have been detected.

Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young said it was too early to say if there would be more cases in the community.


“We’ve got to remember this is a very contagious virus, even before the new variant, and this variant is 70 per cent more contagious, so I wasn’t that surprised that our first breach was because of this virus,” she said on Sunday.

Health Minister Yvette D’Arth asked any remaining potential contacts of the cleaner and a second woman, who tested positive to the UK variant and flew from Melbourne to Queensland, to come forward.

Precise times and locations are available on Queensland Health’s COVID-19 website.

“If you have been to any of these sites in Maleny or South Brisbane or in the city on the train on that particular day, or the Jetstar flight, please come forward so we can assess whether you’re a close contact and you need to go into quarantine and get tested,” she said.

Residents in the council areas of Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Moreton Bay and Redlands must stay at home until 6pm on Monday except for essential work and shopping, exercise, to access healthcare or look after the vulnerable.


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